In 1999, a group of nonprofit leaders whose organizations developed, managed or advocated for housing or residents about housing issues, began discussions that led to the incorporation of HLC as a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization in 2001.
HLC is a membership organization that works with partner organizations and individuals to preserve and expand the range and supply of adequate, accessible, and affordable housing for residents and workers of San Mateo County. HLC supports its members as they work to create and preserve well designed, sensibly located housing at affordable levels so that everyone who works here, lives here, or grows up here can obtain a suitable home. HLC and its members are:
- Increasing public funding for new affordable homes through impact fees on commercial and housing development, both by passing Measure K, an extension of the county’s half-cent sales tax, and by working with agencies to better leverage state and federal resources.
- Using public land for public good by ensuring that all publicly owned sites sold for housing development include affordable housing, and offer right of first refusal to developers of affordable housing.
- Preventing homelessness by supporting rent stabilization and just-cause eviction, as well as actively contacting residents of apartment buildings that are for sale or have recently been sold, to help them find services and networks.
- Organizing community support for housing developments that include affordable housing and quality jobs, and meet community needs.